National Weather Service confirms EF-0 tornado in Preble, 3 others in Indiana

Richmond storm damage

UPDATE @ 5 p.m. (June 17): An EF-0 tornado has been confirmed in rural western Preble County, about eight miles west of Eaton, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

It reached an estimated 70 mph and traveled 1.7 miles shortly before 10 p.m.

The tornado lasted three minutes, knocked down a tree and caused a limb to crash into the roof of a house on Weist Road, east of state Route 227.

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Two large barn doors were also blown in along with a side door that was ripped off and blown about 20 yards. A few windows and other sections were damaged as well.

The tornado then moved northeast across a field and damaged trees at a house on Wolverton Road, south of Paddock Road.

UPDATE @ 4:25 p.m.

An EF-0 tornado hit Fayette County, Indiana, on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service.

It reached an estimated speed of 80 mph and traveled a tenth of a mile shortly after 9 p.m.

The tornado lasted a minute and collapsed a roof on an older church building on North County Road 550.

A wall was also blown out with a large amount of splatter on another wall.

Debris from the church was lifted and scattered across a cemetery and into a nearby field, extending up to 200 yards.

The tornado  that touched down in Union County, Indiana, on Saturday was an EF-1, according to the National Weather Service.

The tornado touched down at 9:42 p.m. and was on the ground for two minutes, ending at 9:44 p.m.

An EF-0 tornado was responsible for damage in Richmond, Indiana, on Saturday night.

The tornado was on the ground for three minutes and traveled 1.6 miles, according to the NWS.


Three tornadoes touched down in Indiana this weekend.

Tornadoes touched down in northern Union County, Bentonville in Fayette County and in Richmond, Wayne County.

The Wayne County tornado damaged the Richmond Mall.

Several buildings damaged by storms in Richmond

Jon Duke, assistant director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, was surveying damage in Richmond this weekend. He said damage covered a large swath, from north of U.S. 40 down to South A Street and from east to west from 37th Street to Garwood Road.

There was damage at the mall, but he said he is not aware of any significant structural damage. He said HVAC units were tossed off the roof, including one that landed on U.S. 40.

Much of the damage seemed to be limited to businesses, including a car dealership where the windows had been blown out of several vehicles. The roof at McAlister’s Deli was damaged. A Speedway sign at the station on U.S. 40 and Garwood Road was damaged, and an extended care facility behind the mall was damaged as well, Duke said.

There was only one injury Duke said he was aware: a child inside a vehicle suffered minor lacerations when the car’s windows were blown out.

Wayne County Sheriff’s dispatch reported downed trees across the county during the storms.